Topic #16 --------------- OP-SF NET ---------------- November 15, 1996 ~~~~~~~~~ From: Hans J. Haubold Subject: Announcement of book on Zonal Polynomials The following book was published recently and is being recommended to the members of the activity group: A.M.Mathai, S.B.Provost, and T.Hayakawa: Bilinear Forms and Zonal Polynomials, Lecture Notes in Statistics Vol. 102, Springer-Verlag, Berlin and New York 1995, 376pp. The book covers bilinear forms in real random vectors and their generalizations as well as zonal polynomials and their applications with respect to generalized quadratic and bilinear forms. The book begins with the basic principles of the two fields and develops their mathematics and statistics up to recent research results from the point of view of theory. Detailed proofs may satisfy the mathematician while detailed examples may inspire the physicist, particularly those working in the field of quantum theory. Applications of the results are emphasized in extensive numbers of exercises and references. The book is a rich source of material not yet brought to the attention of physicists.